Rap Attack 3: African Rap to Global Hip Hop, Issue 3

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Serpent's Tail, 2000 - Music - 229 pages
In its first edition (1984), Rap Attack documented the origins of hip-hop and its genesis in the South Bronx. Many old-school hip-hop and electro pioneers were interviewed, including Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Spoonie Gee, Double Trouble, Warp 9, Arthur Baker, and Bobby Robinson. Rap Attack 2 (1991), followed hip-hop into its mainstream phase of stadium tours, crossover records and Adidas sponsorship, interviewing Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys and De La Soul. Rap Attack 3 closes the circle by examining rap following the fatal shootings of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious BIG, gangsta rap overload and the resultant upsurge of nostalgia for old-school hip-hop and its now legendary Djs, Mcs, graffiti artists, and others.

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Rap Attack 3: African Rap To Global Hip Hop (2000) remains among the most durable and authoritative books on the origins rap and hip hop. Toop provides an in depth look at the seminal electro hip hop scene which sprang into existence big-bang style in the early 1980's. The groups, artists and producers of this groundbreaking movement are covered in detail. A must have for music fans and music historians.  


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David Toop is a highly regarded author, music critic and musician. Since 1995 he has released three solo albums, curated five compilation albums (including the soundtrack to Ocean of Sound), and the sound and music exhibition at the Hayward Gallery - 'Sonic Boom'. His music journalism appears in The Wire, Book Forum, The Times and The Face.

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